"Grateful living is important in the world because in our constant pursuit of more and better we can easily lose sight of the riches that lay right in front of us and within us." --Guri Mehta
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." -- Meister Eckhart
It's May, otherwise known as educator hell month. Throw in an upcoming high school graduation and dealing with a major health insurance snafu, and you set the scene for my nightly carb overloading these days.
There is gratitude to be found in the midst of the chaos, however.
Coffee in a favorite mug. Access to technology. Support and helpful advice from friends. The willpower to exercise when I'm feeling sluggish. A body that works well enough to exercise. The chance to start over again with healthier eating today. Access to nourishing food. Access to healthcare (no matter how frustrating the process to pay for it). Hot showers and clean running water. Indoor plumbing and a roof that doesn't leak. My family's relatively good health.
Steady jobs for the three working adults in our family. Good college prospect for the last fledgling in our nest. A career I love. Colleagues who are out-of-this-world supportive. Volunteers who show up--with a smile-- when we need them the most. Chocolate at hand for a pick-me-up. Unexpected gifts from students and teachers.
The list in neverending. Yes, I could start writing out my problems, but something tells me I'd be in a sour mood doing so. The to-do list is beckoning; time to start my day in a state of gratitude.